Steve Scalise celebrates Father's Day in wake of shooting

Cameron Gross
June 20, 2017

Scalise was in dire condition when he was shot at the Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.

U.S. congressman and senior Republican Steve Scalise has been upgraded from "critical" to "serious condition" and continues to show signs of improvement after being shot while he practised for a charity baseball game.

The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing baseball had angrily railed against President Donald Trump the day before the shooting.

Hodgkinson of IL, died after being shot by Capitol Police officers.

Scalise, the number three Republican in the House of Representatives, arrived at the hospital in a critical state, facing "an imminent risk of death", according to Sava.

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The message thanks the many people for their prayers, support and outpouring of love.

Since Wednesday, he has undergone several surgeries, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement released on behalf of his family.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

Besides Scalise, congressional aide Zach Barth, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika, and US Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner were shot during the rampage.

Scalise, 51, sustained injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in his left hip early on Wednesday at a baseball field in a suburb of Washington. "I think that his risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in. he was as critical as you can be when he came in". In the days since the shooting, much has been made of Mr. Hodgkinson's strong political views - he was an ardent supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders's bid for the 2016 presidential nomination, and he railed against President Trump and Republicans in Washington on his Facebook page and in letters to the editor of the local newspaper. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident. Scalise has undergone number surgeries so far, and his recovery is expected to be lengthy.

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